The "easy money" pouring from Brussels to local authorities, gave place to a ferocious competition, building and decorating roundabouts. The winner, in quantity is Viseu (with, it seems, more than 500 roundabouts) but concerning decorations it is hard to decide - the diversity is immense, and all depends from the personal taste. Espinho preferred...more
I was not too convinced by the sea...
I was there in the summer, with lots of people, lining a rough and "forbidden" sea. It happens everywhere, but merging danger with cold water its not my idea of beach.
Sorry folks, I love the North but not its sea.
The growth of the city "swallowed" some villages around it.
Anta is one of them, at walking distance, already part of the city, but still with some rural sights here and there.
A large and very functional pavilion is located a couple of kilometers from the city centre. I don't know it the city has activity enough to justify it, but it was perfect for the dancing competition that took me there.
Espinho was, in the middle of last century, a very important beach, with an architecture that denounced it as a destination to rich northern families that built their large houses. Progress allowed those families to go further seeking for better beaches, and those traditional houses are being replaced by apartment buildings, more suitable for short and cheaper occupation.
Some of the old mansions are still present, but... till when?